Hello. B： Hello. Please sit down. Thank you.
B： （緊張気味の受験者を見て）Well, please relax.
(一同笑う) OK, thank you. B： Could I have your name, please? My name is …. B： Where are you from? I’m from Kobe. B： Oh, Kobe, I see. Now let us begin the interview, OK?
A： What do you think about the American holidays in Japan?
American holidays? Well, for example, what American holidays do you mean?
A： For example, Saint Valentine’s Day, or Christmas.
I see. I think the biggest holiday among these is Christmas. People may hold a party with their friends. But this is not so much considered as a very special religious event. People think it’s just a happy annual event when friends can get together.
A： You think that’s OK?
Well, I think to be close with friends or family itself is good. They can share a sense of happiness and enjoy the holiday. It’s good. But when we go to America or some other countries, I think, we should show respect for the religious aspects of the holidays.
A： OK. So, some people in Japan like to collect trading cards or something very small, well, how do you say, (手で形作りながら) these small, plastic things.
Why do you think so many people do that?
Well, I think it’s because it gives us a good opportunity to communicate with other people. People can talk about what card they have or would like to have, so they can say things like “I’ve got this!” or “Oh, you’ve got that? I envy you!”
A： (笑って) So they can talk about it.
Yes. And they can exchange those things with their friends to get what they would like to have. Well, I mean, they can exchange their own things with what their friends have. So it’s good to deepen friendships.
A： So you think it’s a harmless custom?
Sorry, it’s a …?
A： A “harmless” custom.
Harmless? Oh, I see. Well, basically I think it’s harmless. But some children can be quite easily, well ...
I’m sorry, I mean children can be easily involved in collecting such things.
A： So children sometimes are involved too much in it?
Yes, so mothers may worry about it.
A： OK. Please explain about the difference between kimono and yukata.
OK, well a kimono is a traditional outer garment with wide sleeves. It’s rather formal and is often made of silk, so it can be expensive. Well, a yukata is much more casual. It is a light cotton kimono, and easy to take care of. You can wash it at home. Many people have a yukata, and they can use it as a summer wear mainly for local festivals or fireworks displays in summer.
A： OK. Thank you very much.
Well, is that all?
Oh, really. Thank you very much.
It's much shorter than I imagined!
Thank you. Bye.
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